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Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel 2 is 2 fast, 2 furious



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Although I can not confirm it, I suppose someone in Lenovo’s phone department is a big fan of Vin Diesel movies. Why? Well, it seems that Lenovo has just released a gaming phone inspired by 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Lenovo doubles its follow-up last year Legion Gaming Phone with a tons of different components. Ththe new Legion Phone Duel 2 is get two USB-C ports, dual batteries, dual triggers and two cooling fans while still holding the same funky side-mounted pop-upon selfie cam. If ever there was a phone that contained spiride of a tuned and souped-up Nissan Skyline, this is that.

In Europe, the Legion Phone 2 starts at 799 euros (about $ 950) and comes with a Snapdragon 888 chip, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, though you can upgrade to a 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and an included charging station to 999 euros. You also get a massive 6.92-inch, 2460 x 1080 AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a super high 720Hz touch sampling rate, which should provide some of the most responsive touch controls currently available. And then there is the dual camera with one 64 MP main and 16 MP ultra-wide lens.

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But what impresses me most are the lengths that Lenovo has gone to improve all of Legion Phone 2’s other gaming features. If you look at the back, you can see that Legion Phone 2’er camera bump is smack dab in the middle of the phone, instead of closer to the top as you would get on a regular handset.

This serves a few purposes: NIt only means that when held in landscape mode (this is how you will almost certainly hold it while gaming) there is a lesser chance that you will gunk up the double rear cams with fingerprints and Cheeto dust, but that Large central camera hump also provides a channel for the phone’s twin turbo fans for easier pushing of hot air out. And of course, you can not have cooling fans on a gaming device without RGB lighting, so Lenovo threw it in, too.

Tthe hat section is also used to house the Legion Phone 2’s 44-MP pop-up selfie cam that rises off the side (or top in landscape mode) so you can more easily take selfies or livestream during games. And on the inside, Lenovo uses dual batteries (one on both sides) to deliver a total capacity of 5,500 mAh, which is 10% larger than before. And for those times when you need to recharge quickly, Legion Phone 2 even has two USB-C ports that can be connected at the same time to deliver super-fast 90 watt wired charging.

Legion Phone 2’s real party trick, however, is its support for eight different touch-sensitive buttons: four on the shoulders, two on the back and two “powerful touch points” on the display. Lenovo says that these touch keys were positioned to fit naturally where your fingers rest when you hold the phone in landscape and add additional controls without the need for a gamepad add-on as a Razer Kishi.

Illustration for the article titled Lenovo's Legion Phone Duel 2 has 2 fans, 2 batteries and one of the weirdest camera bumps available today

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Recently, we have seen a number of gaming phones from companies like Asus, Xiaomi, Nubiaand others, and yet the Legion Phone 2 may be the most unique handset of them all. That is it really focused on maximizing the potential of a mobile phone. I even like the two paint jobs that Lenovo offers, with the Legion Phone 2 looking particularly sleek in titanium white.

Unfortunately, Lenovo says the US availability of Legion Phone 2 still “needs to be determined”, so if you really want one, you may need to import one from China or Europe, which will get the phone in April and May, respectively.


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